Kelson A. "Kel" Stutzman died on Thursday at Regional Hospital of Scranton, after a brief illness. His is survived by his wife, the former Marion Bickauskas, and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 13.
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Born in Scranton, son of the late Thomas H. and Valeyda Francis Stutzman, he was a 1956 graduate of Scranton Technical High School and a 1972 graduate of the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He was employed by Mercy Hospital, Scranton, as the director of business operations from 1967 until his retirement in 1999. He and his wife resided in Valrico, Fla., from 2001 until their recent move back to NEPA in March. He was also a lifelong, active member of Trinity Baptist Church, formerly Green Ridge Baptist Church, Scranton.
Kel was an avid and lifelong Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland Raiders fan. His happiest times were spent with his family, whom he adored. He will be dearly missed by all who loved him.
Kel's family would like to thank the doctors and ICU nurses for their exceptional care and compassion during his brief illness. A special thanks to Dr. Tracey Galardi for her care, compassion and kindness to both Kel and the family during this difficult time.
Also surviving are his daughter, Kelley and her longtime companion, George Reeves, Jermyn; daughter, Aprile Jordan and husband, Ken, Archbald, with whom he recently resided; son, Ross and wife, Susan, Lumberton, N.J.; two grandchildren, twins, Bradley and Marley Stutzman; and three nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his brother, Thomas F.
In accordance with his wishes, there will be no calling hours, and interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
The family suggests memorial gifts be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 1546 Monsey Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.
Arrangements by Robert E. Decker Funeral Home, Peckville.
Published in Scranton Times on July 28, 2013